Man Plus Has The Kookiest And Therefore Greatest Plan To Colonize Mars

Between Mars One sounding fishy and Curiosity finding nitrogen, Mars is back in the news (if it ever really left). There's still an interest in colonizing "The Angry Red Planet," but that's still a long way off from happening. I can only presume that's because the folks at NASA and the other space exploration… » 3/28/15 11:15am Saturday 11:15am

This Biohacker Used Eyedrops To Give Himself Temporary Night Vision

A team of biohackers from California successfully induced a temporary sense of night vision by injecting a simple chemical cocktail directly onto the eye. Incredibly, it allowed them to see over 160 feet in the dark for a brief period of time. » 3/27/15 7:20am Friday 7:20am

An Irreverent Guide To Transhumanism And The Singularity

Futurists R.U. Sirius and Jay Cornell have published a witty, snide, and incredibly informative new book titled, Transcendence: The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity. We spoke to the authors to learn more about the project and their own personal visions of the future. » 1/09/15 10:30am 1/09/15 10:30am

10 Futurist Phrases And Terms That Are Complete Bullshit

Last month we told you about 20 terms every self-respecting futurist should know, but now it's time to turn our attention to the opposite. Here are 10 pseudofuturist catchphrases and concepts that need to be eliminated from your vocabulary. » 4/17/14 10:20am 4/17/14 10:20am

The First-Ever Cyborg Games Are Set For 2016

The Paralympic Games are great, but what the technology-assisted athletes of the future really need is an event to call their own. Introducing Cybathlon 2016 — a championship for robot-assisted parathletes. » 4/04/14 4:00pm 4/04/14 4:00pm

DARPA's New Biotech Division Wants To Create A Transhuman Future

The Pentagon's advanced research wing has announced its latest budget — and whoa, does DARPA ever have some ambitious plans for the future. Their new Biotech unit will be harnessing biology for national security, and dealing with everything from stopping plagues to building synthetic soldiers. » 4/02/14 9:30am 4/02/14 9:30am

Biologists Have Built An Artificial Chromosome From Scratch

In a breakthrough seven years in the making, an international team of scientists have reconstructed a synthetic and fully functional yeast chromosome. It's a remarkable advance that could eventually lead to custom-built organisms — humans included. » 3/28/14 2:20pm 3/28/14 2:20pm

20 Crucial Terms Every 21st Century Futurist Should Know

We live in an era of accelerating change, when scientific and technological advancements are arriving rapidly. As a result, we are developing a new language to describe our civilization as it evolves. Here are 20 terms and concepts that you'll need to navigate our future. » 3/17/14 10:07am 3/17/14 10:07am

On Helix, evil transhumanists are the world's worst mad scientists

Last night's episode of Helix took us further toward the final showdown between Ilaria's private army and our ragtag gang of vectors, scienticians, and silver-eyed somethings. We've discovered what Illaria represents, by the way, and it involves a lot of silly science talk. Spoilers ahead! » 3/08/14 9:44pm 3/08/14 9:44pm

A Zen Priest explains how spirituality will evolve in the future

Love it or hate it, the world's religions are in no danger of disappearing any time soon. But that doesn't mean religious and spiritual sensibilities aren't going to evolve. To learn more about religion's future, we talked to Michael LaTorra. By day, he's a mild-mannered Assistant Professor of English at New Mexico… » 2/17/14 11:04am 2/17/14 11:04am

The lineup for Transhuman Visions is taking shape, a one-day conference that's bringing together extreme futurists, biohackers, immortalists, Singularitarians and others. Speakers include Aubrey de Grey, RU Sirius, Rudy Rucker, Zoltan Istvan, and Rachel Haywire (pictured). » 11/27/13 3:32pm 11/27/13 3:32pm

The next world war will be fought by enhanced humans

Security and intelligence expert P. W. Singer has penned a fascinating article outlining the various ways leaders must prepare for the "chaotic battlefields of the future." Looking at the latest developments, they're going to have to anticipate a whole new way of making war. » 11/08/13 2:40pm 11/08/13 2:40pm

Where are my damn nanotechnology and mind uploading?

Are you still annoyed that you don't have your jet pack? That's quaint. These days, futurists are impatiently demanding things that are a lot weirder than that. » 9/02/13 1:30pm 9/02/13 1:30pm

What You Need to Know About Getting Magnetic Finger Implants

Not content with the mere five senses that nature gave them, an increasing number of biohackers have turned to magnetic finger implants. But the practice of sensory augmentation need not be confined to these pioneers. Here’s why you should consider getting magnetic implants — and how to do it. » 7/17/13 10:00am 7/17/13 10:00am

How Artificial Chromosomes Could Transform Humanity

Normally, an extra pair of chromosomes would be considered dangerous. But what if we could design our own? According to biologists, we could create custom-built chromosomes to fix a variety of health problems, and even give us new abilities. Here’s how a 24th pair of chromosomes could change our biologies forever. » 7/12/13 12:00pm 7/12/13 12:00pm

Is human super-intelligence a bad idea?

Advocates of human enhancement often say that we ought to increase our intelligence as a species. But the consequences of actually doing this have never fully been explored. An excessive amount of intelligence might actually prove to be a bad thing — and a distraction from what really matters. » 7/10/13 1:11pm 7/10/13 1:11pm

How will biotechnology change human evolution?

A somewhat tongue-in-cheek article in The Guardian is proposing some rather interesting predictions for the future of humanity — changes to human form and function that would even make some of the X-Men jealous. » 7/10/13 12:20pm 7/10/13 12:20pm

Would you copy your mind to a robotic body-double?

A central theme of the recently concluded GF2045 Congress was the idea of achieving a kind of immortality by transferring our minds to avatars or robots. Indeed, as Japanese professor Hiroshi Ishiguro’s presentation clearly showed, our robotic doppelgangers will truly be made to look and act like the real thing. » 6/18/13 9:40am 6/18/13 9:40am

No, this is not what our stupid faces will look like in 100,000 years

An artist has partnered with a computational geneticist to illustrate what our faces might look like in the far future. Apparently we’re all going to become anime characters. » 6/10/13 8:10am 6/10/13 8:10am

What can we learn from the real superhumans among us?

Humans are a genetically diverse bunch. Some of us are born with extraordinary perceptual powers — neurological gifts that biologists might eventually be able to provide for the rest of us. But do we really want to have some of these 'superhuman' quirks? » 6/05/13 5:05pm 6/05/13 5:05pm